Google Maps introduces new features: Here’s what you need to know
Google Maps has announced new features just in time for the holiday season.
In a blog post, the search engine giant said Thursday that its live viewing feature would be rolled out in London, Los Angeles, New York, Paris, San Francisco and Tokyo.
Live View allows users to explore their surroundings with the help of AI, including billions of Street View images and augmented reality.
People can see places that aren’t in their immediate view, as well as key information like business hours, how busy a store is, what its price range is, and whether the Google Maps community likes it rate very positively.
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It is available on Android and Apple iOS.
Besides. Google has made it easy for electric vehicle users to find the best charging stations for their cars.
“Search for ‘electric vehicle charging stations’ and select the ‘fast charge’ filter – you’ll see stations with 50kW or higher chargers so you can charge faster. You can also filter stations that offer your vehicle’s plug type electric in more countries. so you only see stations with plugs compatible with your car,” explained Google.
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Both abilities are now available on Android and iOS in countries where electric vehicle charging stations are available.
Finally, Google’s “Accessible Places” setting is now available worldwide on Android and iOS.
After enabling the feature, users will see a wheelchair icon on their business profile if they have a wheelchair accessible entrance.
Tickets without wheelchair access will have the same icon with a tap.
People can also see if the site has accessible seating, restrooms, and parking.
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Google said Accessible Sites can also be useful for those who want to avoid stairs.
“With even more intuitive, sustainable and accessible ways to explore and navigate, Google Maps can help you get the most out of your vacation so you can focus on the festivities,” he said.